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What sections of the text are we covering this year?

In Math 59 and 60, Chapter 2 sections 2-7, Chapter 3 all sections, Chapter 4 sections 1-6, and 8, Chapter 5 all sections, Chapter 6 section 6.6 and a few problems in 6.7, and Chapter 7 sections 1-4. -JK

In Math 70 Chapter 2 review parts of sections 1-8 , Chapter 3 sections 1 and 2, Chapter 4 sections 1-5, Chapter 8 sections 1-4, Chapter 5 sections 1-5, (include parts of 4.7 here) Chapter 6 section 1-4 and 6, (or however far you get). -TC08

What should we emphasize?

What to emphasize will be an important part of the discussion at the orientation and follow-up GTA meetings. -JK

In general in Math 59 and 60 the emphasis should be on linear equations and inequalities and their graphs, solving equations, solving systems of equations and writing equations to represent problems. -JK

In general in Math 70 the emphasis should be on exponential, and quadratic functions and their graphs, solving exponential and quadratic equations, and writing equations to represent problems. -JK

What can we skip?

Again we will discuss what is most important at the meetings, but definitely skip the material that is in the sections that are not listed above. -JK

Can I see what past GTAs have tried?

Yes! First of all, the Teaching Binder contains many lessons people have tried. Furthermore, in TH 916 (the copy room), there are binders for each of Math 60 and 70 with activities and lessons that past GTAs have tried. Leaf through these and get inspired!

What are MSLOs?

The department is requiring all its faculty (including GTAs) to assess students in a more rich way using a system we have developed in-house as part of the final assessment of each student.

This system is based on a course-wide list of “measurable student learning outcomes” (MSLOs). I have appended the current version of the MSLOs for 59/60 and 70 to this email. These MSLOs represent the core of what the course is about. Not every teacher will cover every aspect with equal depth, and most of you will cover some aspects that are not listed in the MSLOs.

The purpose of these MSLOs is to help the department standardize the content of our courses, to help us see how students gain concepts and skills from class to class, and to see how well our curriculum is preparing our students. It is not meant to do evaluation of any individual teacher.

For each MSLO, please have at least one question on your final exam that addresses part of the MSLO. Then for each student, record the score(s) of the exam question(s) separately and normalize the score to a 10-point scale. This is the minimum you should do to be able to rate your students on each MSLO.

If you have the energy to rate your students more accurately with further information, such as your knowledge of their other work during the semester, that would be a very welcome contribution. If you did not cover an MSLO in any way during the course, then choose N/A.

Enter these MSLO ratings using the online system. (The URL will be sent at the end of the semester.) We know there will be questions and uncertainties. Please make a good faith effort to produce helpful data.

The MSLOs for Spring 2008 were as follows.

Math 59/60 (Algebra I)


Math 70 (Algebra II)